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Job 38 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Lord Speaks

(Gen 1:1–10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:1 - Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:2 - “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:3 - Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:4 - “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:5 - Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:6 - On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:7 - while the morning stars sang together and all the angels[fn] shouted for joy?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:8 - “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:9 - when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:10 - when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:11 - when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:12 - “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:13 - that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:14 - The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:15 - The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:16 - “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:17 - Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:18 - Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:19 - “What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:20 - Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:21 - Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:22 - “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:23 - which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:24 - What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:25 - Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:26 - to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:27 - to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:28 - Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:29 - From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:30 - when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:31 - “Can you bind the chains[fn] of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:32 - Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[fn] or lead out the Bear[fn] with its cubs?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:33 - Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s[fn] dominion over the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:34 - “Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:35 - Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:36 - Who gives the ibis wisdom[fn] or gives the rooster understanding?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:37 - Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:38 - when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:39 - “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:40 - when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:41 - Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew the sons of God
Septuagint; Hebrew beauty
Or the morning star in its season
Or out Leo
Or their
That is, wisdom about the flooding of the Nile
That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

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